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Congress seeks investigation into CBP searches

Article | Sep 12, 2013

AOPA President Mark Baker is seeking support from Congress over Customs and Border Protection stops and searches of domestic GA flights.

Number of searches falls in face of questions

Article | Sep 12, 2013

The number of pilots being stopped and searched by Customs and Border Protection officials appears to be on the decline after AOPA raises questions about the agency's actions.

A questionable rationale

Article | Sep 04, 2013

Federal border protection agents are using ramp checks as a pretext for stopping and sometimes searching domestic GA flights, and AOPA demands the practice cease.

Opinion Leaders blog launches

Article | Aug 21, 2013

Is this the beginning of the end of VFR flying? Will AirVenture shrink to a fraction of its current size? What’s so bad about the “dive and drive” approach? Leaders in aviation are sharing their opinions on these topics and more in AOPA’s new Opinion Leaders blog.

Pilot Briefing: One fast cat

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

On a recent visit to Spokane, Washington’s Felts Field, AOPA Pilot got a first look at Northwest Turbine’s latest conversion undergoing certification. The Cougar Baron is a Beechcraft 58P outfitted with a pair of 500-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprops. Rocket Engineering is doing the certification legwork for partner company Northwest Turbine LLC, which also markets the Royal Turbine conversion of the Beechcraft Duke.

Leadership vacuum complicates correcting CBP excesses

Article | Jul 18, 2013

A lack of oversight may have allowed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to overstep the bounds of its police functions.

AOPA seeks more data on pilot detentions, inspections

Article | Jul 02, 2013

AOPA has set up a handy online form for pilots to report their own experiences with Customs and Border Protection, and a handy kneeboard checklist that is available online, and will be published in the August issue of AOPA Pilot.

AOPA seeks more data on pilot detentions, inspections

Article | Jul 02, 2013

AOPA has set up a handy online form for pilots to report their own experiences with Customs and Border Protection, and a handy kneeboard checklist that is available online, and will be published in the August issue of AOPA Pilot.

AOPA building case against customs

Article | Jun 27, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have responded to AOPA with a call from the Freedom of Information Office, promising to explore the delay in responding to AOPA’s letter to acting Customs Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. AOPA isn’t waiting for answers and is building a case against CBP to take the issue to the next level.

CBP streamlines overflight exemption applications, rules

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Streamlined applications and Customs procedures should improve the Southern Border Overflight Exemption process.

AOPA demands answers on aircraft searches

Article | Jun 19, 2013

A federal agency chartered to secure national borders has been working inland, targeting general aviation with no clear authority.

Fresh reports of aircraft searches, CBP has little to say

Article | May 23, 2013

AOPA coverage of general aviation aircraft searches conducted by federal officials prompted similar reports, but the government has yet to explain the practice.

Pilot detained, searched for mysterious reasons

Article | May 16, 2013

A routine stop led to an extensive search of aircraft and occupants, a practice that may be becoming a (troubling) routine.

Customs fixes Florida delay problems

Article | Apr 30, 2013

After pilots were forced to sit in their hot aircraft for hours on the ramps of Florida airports of entry waiting to clear U.S. Customs in late March, AOPA contacted the Customs and Border Protection national headquarters to investigate.

Aircraft ‘sequestered’ in long waits to clear customs

Article | Apr 03, 2013

AOPA has asked officials to explain whether a spate of recent “very negative” experiences for pilots clearing U.S. Customs at southern airports of entry were isolated events or—more ominously—symptoms of post-sequester operational chaos.

Pilots wait hours to clear customs, cross border

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Pilots trying to clear customs to return to the United States are feeling the effects of sequestration up close and personal—sometimes stuck in their aircraft for hours before being permitted to deplane. Rick Gardner, AOPA’s authorized representative for the Bahamas, Mexico, and Central America, contacted AOPA staff from Fort Lauderdale Executive after waiting in his aircraft for more than two hours to clear customs.

Internationalbrief

Article | Mar 24, 2013

Brief: Modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights The modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights goes into effect on Dec. 18 and becomes mandatory on May 18, 2009.

ForeFlight crosses a frontier

Article | Mar 13, 2013

When Frontier Airlines announced that it had begun an FAA-approved program to evaluate Apple iPads as electronic flight bags in its cockpits, the news marked a new frontier for a maker of intelligent apps for general aviation pilots.